A Butte man has been charged in Ravalli County Justice Court with punching and attempting to strangle his girlfriend and stabbing objects in her home with a large knife.
In another incident, he is charged with breaking glasses in her house, trashing the house and fleeing with the woman’s car.
Carl Melvin Ankeny, 43, appeared before Justice of the Peace Jim Bailey this week. He is charged with felony counts of assault with a weapon, criminal endangerment, partner or family member assault and failure to maintain violent offender registration. He is also charged with a misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Ankeny has four previous convictions for partner or family member assault: Two from 1993, one in 2001 and one in 2009. He is currently incarcerated at the Missoula County Detention Center on separate charges, but appeared in Ravalli County Justice Court on a warrant.
According to court records, on April 25, 2012, Ankeny’s former girlfriend reported that she and Ankeny had been at Clark Canyon Reservoir and were driving back to their home in Victor. The woman reported that Ankeny had been drinking all day and when they returned he became upset that their dog had defecated in the home.
The woman said Ankeny threw her cell phone and broke it. Additionally, Ankeny fought with the woman and struck her with an open fist and then strangulated her with his arm around her neck. The woman told police that she was unable to breath and believed that she would die. She also reported that she lost consciousness twice during the attack.
Ankeny then got a large kitchen knife and allegedly repeatedly stabbed the mattress next to where the victim was lying. He also stabbed and cut clothes that were on hangers in the closed. The woman reported that Ankeny threatened her life after the attack and told her not to tell anybody or “there would not be a next time.”
Ravalli County Sheriff’s detective Matt Cashell observed cut clothing, a damaged mattress that had stab marks, a broken phone and the kitchen knife. Also, the woman provided Cashell with letters from Ankeny referencing the assault and stating “I hope you took care of the mess over there, I don’t need any more charges and I couldn’t get out of that without you helping for sure.”
In another incident on May 2, 2012, Ankeny again allegedly attacked the woman after getting into an argument about dog feces. Ankeny allegedly threw four drinking glasses at the wall after a day of drinking, and the woman left and hid in the lilac bushes in Victor Park for nearly two hours. The woman reported that while she was hiding, she saw Ankeny driving around looking for her.
When she believed he was gone, she went home and found her house in disarray. Ankeny had fled the scene in the woman’s car. It was later determined that while Ankeny had been living in Victor, he had failed to register as a violent offender.
Ankeny is scheduled to appear in Ravalli County District Court on Dec. 26.
Reach reporter David Erickson at 363-3300 or email@example.com.